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Spinal Cord Injury and Mental Health Disorders
Traumatic spinal cord injuries often result in a lifetime of physical challenges, needs and pain. Not surprisingly, it leaves the patient at an increased risk for mental health disorders, as well. A new study at the University of Michigan took a deeper look at the severity of the psychological morbidity of adults with traumatic spinal cord injuries.
The study reviewed records from almost 10,000 adults with traumatic spinal cord injuries, finding that those patients were markedly more susceptible to a number of psychological illnesses, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, posttraumatic stress disorder and even dementia.
The researchers’ conclusions indicated that early intervention may help lessen the pain and reduce the mental health issues associated with traumatic spinal cord injuries.
While a spinal cord injury often can’t be reversed, compensation for an accident that caused it may be the very thing that makes the difference between a life of hardship and one of physical and emotional support. Tom Duffy has been on the board of Magee Rehabilitation Foundation for over 20 years. He is keenly aware of developments in spinal cord care and has obtained 8-figure verdicts for people who have suffered spinal cord injuries in Philadelphia.
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